Lemlem, made in Ethiopia

Feb 19, 2010

Sometimes we can only travel in spirit. And sometimes the trip starts in the closet, with what we decide to put on for the day. I have always been a fan of Liya Kebede’s children’s line, lemlem, ethically produced in her native Ethiopia. Actually, before I knew I would have a baby girl, before I even knew I was pregnant, I got this beautiful little dress from lemlem, size 2 years old. Just in case.

Literally meaning to bloom in Amharic, the line is made by women artisans who are, as such, able to maintain their tradition of hand-woven cottons and very refined embroideries. With the clothes coming from so far away, it makes a sweet story to tell the children when getting dressed in the morning. Until they get lucky to go to beautiful Africa one day.

Net-A-Porter started selling the scarves & bag collection for women recently, and you’ll have to travel to Paris’ Le Bon Marche, Yoya in New York or Lost&Found in LA to get the children’s pieces.

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